Associate in Environmental Studies

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Why Environmental Studies? 

Achieve more with your degree by launching a career that creates change for our natural systems and our day-to-day lives. The flexibility of this degree offers you options in agriculture, conservation, sustainability and other related fields. It also provides opportunities to continue your education in environmental science at Columbia College. 

What You'll Learn 

Our multidisciplinary program gives you a deep understanding of how our social, political and economic activities affect the natural systems around us. From courses in American environmental history and literature to ethics, geography and biology, you will gain an understanding of both the cultural and scientific significance of work in environmental studies.

Program Details

An Associate’s degree gives you a forward-looking education in classical liberal arts and sciences, while introducing you to the creative and critical thinking skills you need to advance professionally and personally. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn an Associate of Science in Environmental Studies from Columbia College.

Associate degree programs offer a focused exploration of general education subjects and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either shape their path in the workforce or advance to a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide transformative study in a specific subject area to prepare you for new and leading-edge career opportunities.

  • Geography 
  • Environmental science 
  • Environmental history 
  • Ecology 
  • Biology 
  • Environmental literature

Careers & Outcomes 

Environmental support roles are in high demand as society recognizes the profound impact of natural systems on our daily lives. With this degree, you'll have the flexibility to explore diverse paths in agriculture, conservation, sustainability, and related fields. Moreover, it can pave the way for further education in environmental science at Columbia College, opening doors to even greater opportunities. 

Some possible paths include: 

  • Field Technician 
  • Nonprofit Support Staff 
  • Environmental Education Assistant 
  • Sustainability Coordinator

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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